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Quilling Valentines: Tools and Making Shapes

Quilling paper comes in a variety of colors and widths; most of our projects can be made with standard precut strips. If you prefer, use a paper cutter and medium-weight paper, such as vellum or stationery, to make your own; construction paper is too heavy and will not roll easily.




Don't let the elaborate effects fool you: Quilling is simple. You need only a few basic craft items.


  • A round-headed pin is useful for precise glue application.
  • A slotted quilling tool lets you create coiled shapes with ease.
  • Fine-pointed tweezers are essential for tiny shapes.
  • Use small sharp scissors to cut fringe.


  1. Step 1

    Slip paper into the slot on the quilling tool, placing paper’s end flush with edge of slot. Turn tool until strip is rolled into a firm cylinder. Remove paper from tool, and glue closed.

  2. Step 2

     Create a tight circle, but do not glue. Instead, lay it on a flat surface, and let it expand. When satisfied with the shape and size, glue the end of the strip to secure. 

  3. Step 3

     Form a loose circle, but do not glue closed. 

  4. Step 4

    Fashion and glue a loose circle; pinch each end.

  5. Step 5

    Create and glue a loose circle; pinch one end.

  6. Step 6

    Make several loose scrolls; position with unrolled ends pointing the same way. Curve each over rolled end of next scroll; glue.

  7. Step 7

    Fold a strip in half, and crease. Roll each end toward center.

  8. Step 8

    Crease paper at center; roll ends outward.

  9. Step 9

    Form an S shape by rolling one end toward center, and the other in the opposite direction.

  10. Step 10

    Roll both ends of a strip toward the center.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2002



Reviews (1)

  • EffaIdaJane 6 Jul, 2012

    can we order a quilling tool from here? michaels stores
    not carrying them anymore..) : need to finish a project...beautiful things you show on here...for quilling!!!